Pair accused of attempted murder also face armed robbery charges

Juwan Maurice Brown (left) and Akeem Theodore Simmons

Two Charleston men have been accused of robbing a store clerk earlier this month before they wound up in jail on unrelated attempted-murder charges.

Juwan Maurice Brown, 18, of Logan Street in downtown Charleston and Akeem Theodore Simmons, 25, of North Grimball Road on James Island were arrested on Sept. 22 after Charleston County deputies said they tied up Michael Davis, 19, on Joe Wright Road on Johns Island and shot him several times.

Before that, the pair also held up a downtown store clerk on Sept. 16, according to Charleston police.

A man was sitting in the rear of the Wentworth Street store at 8:42 p.m. when somebody came in the front door and asked about a pack of cigarettes, police spokesman Charles Francis said. Another man entered with a gun and demanded money. The clerk was assaulted before the two took some money and left the store, according to police.

Brown and Simmons faces charges of armed robbery and first-degree assault and battery. Brown also faces a count of possession of a firearm during a violent crime, according to police.

They had already faced attempted murder, armed robbery and kidnapping charges in the Johns Island shooting. They were being held without bail at the Charleston County jail.

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